|Name||Gary Pert |
|Jumper ||43, 3, 4|
|V/AFL Clubs||Fitzroy, Collingwood|
Gary Pert was a success from the time he first pulled on a Fitzroy jumper in 1982 at the age
of sixteen. Powerful, highly skilled and a superb aerialist, he could hold down any key
position, but the Lions tended to use him most often in defence. When he made his
interstate debut for Victoria in 1984 he was, at eighteen, the youngest player to do so since
Carl Ditterich twenty years earlier. The following year he achieved All Australian selection.
Towards the end of his nine season, 163 game stint at Fitzroy Pert began to suffer from knee
problems, but he still played well enough to secure the club's 1989 best and fairest award.
Traded to Collingwood in 1991, he missed a year with injury, but came back strongly to play
some excellent football in his final 70 league games between 1992 and 1995. In 2002 he
was chosen on a half back flank in Fitzroy's official 'Team of the Twentieth Century'.